Festival fun for nature lovers
Published: 13 May 2024

Festival fun for nature lovers

Tanjil Valley Landcare Group are onto a winning formula with their community and environment festival drawing a crowd for the second year running.

Over 500 locals and out-of-towners flocked to Blue Rock Lake in Willow Grove on Sunday 28 April to celebrate and explore nature with family and friends at the Tanjil Valley Community Festival.  

Landcare member Caroline Hammond says the aim of the event was to raise environmental awareness and give people a chance to connect with nature. 

“We were excited to see so many families visit the festival and make the most of the environmental activities and play during the day,” Caroline said.  

Over 30 stallholders including Bug Blitz, Aussie Wildlife Display, Wildlife Rescue and Protection and Kids Nature Play showcased displays and activities designed to engage children and adults alike. Highlights included an environmental treasure hunt, storytelling, tree planting and cubby-building using natural materials.  

Music performed by local musicians added to the atmosphere of the day, while volunteers from Willow Grove Lions Club, Willow Grove Primary School and the local kindergarten and playgroup provided catering and helped run activities such as face painting and art, all with an environmental focus.

Representatives from Gippsland Climate Change Network and were also on-hand to chat about sustainable living and renewable energy. 

“The festival was a wonderful display of community spirit and a fantastic opportunity to highlight the unique land, water, cultural and biodiversity assets of the area,” said Marnie Ellis, West Gippsland’s Regional Landcare Coordinator. 

“We congratulate the Tanjil Valley Landcare Group volunteers on their efforts supported through a Victorian Landcare Grant along with hard work and passion.” 

The 2024 festival was organised by the Tanjil Valley Landcare Group in partnership with the Hill End Community Incorporated and builds on the success of the inaugural event in 2023, which also attracted large numbers.  

Find out more about Landcare in your area across West Gippsland.

The project was funded by the Victorian State Government through the 2023 Victorian Landcare Grants.